Jokes are supposed to be humorous, to amuse, entertain, and make others laugh or forget their sorrows even if it is only for a short time. Jokes quotes can show that some jokes are mean spirited or cruel rather than amusing or humorous, and these should never be told or passed along because they have the potential to hurt or offend others. Sometimes the person who tells a joke does not do it properly, and the audience can end up confused instead of entertained. Sometimes a joke can break the ice or relieve social tension at a party or other gathering. Crude jokes with offensive content should be avoided completely unless you know your audience enjoys this type of humor and will not be offended.